redsocks - Man Page

rediect any TCP connection to a SOCKS or HTTP proxy


redsocks [options]


redsocks is a daemon running on the local system, that will transparently tunnel any TCP connection via a remote SOCKS4, SOCKS5 or HTTP proxy server. It uses the system firewall's redirection facility to intercept TCP connections, thus the redirection is system-wide, with fine-grained control, and does  not depend on LD_PRELOAD libraries.

Redsocks supports tunneling TCP connections and UDP packets. It has authentication support for both, SOCKS and HTTP proxies.

Also included is a small DNS server returning answers with the "truncated" flag set for any UDP query, forcing the resolver to use TCP.


-p pidfile

Write the process ID to pidfile.

-c config

Use config as configuration file.


Test configuration file syntax.

See Also

iptables(8), /etc/redsocks.conf


redsocks was written by Leonid Evdokimov <>

This manual page was written by Apollon Oikonomopoulos <>, for the Debian project (and may be used by others).


November 14, 2011